Having now let the flat, it might be a while before I come back and enjoy one of the delicious Maids Of Honour cakes at Newens.
Before we delve into the paper bag to retrieve the 2 cakes, a little bit of history is in order as these original cakes have quite a pedigree…
The first Richmond Maids Of Honour shop can be traced back to the early 18th century and the cakes soon became a feature of taking tea in fashionable Richmond. The (tradition) of selling and making Maids Of Honour moved to Kew in 1860 where the shop can still be found to this day with the fifth generation of The Newens Family continue to serve the long standing speciality “Maids Of Honour”.
Original Maids Of Honour are sweet curd cheese pastries, and make a perfect accompaniment to a cup of tea. The advice is to eat them warm, though they are still delicious when cold. With rigorous testing over the last 10 years or so, it seems that each pastry is lovingly handmade with each disc of puff pastry varying slightly, along with the dollop of sweet curd filling.
The recipe is said to be secret, though several websites purport to have it. Failing making them at home the only other place Maids Of Honour can be located is at the shop in Kew.